Sunday, December 31, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
The sound of my needles clicking was noticed only by a mouse.
The hand knit stocking were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that no one would see the grafting mistakes there.
The nephews where all snuggled in bed,
While thoughts of snowman sweaters danced in their heads.
While mom in her cable cardigan, and I in my fingerless mittens,
Had just settled in for a long for a long nights knittin’
When out on the lawn there arouse such a clatter,
I sprang from the purl row to see what was the matter.
Away the window I flew like a flash?
(Just one more row perhaps?)
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash,
After a few dropped stitches and decreases that match.
The moon, on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Was like lace out of mohair on my lap below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
But a set of Denise needles and another knitter so near.
I knew in a moment that it must be the knitting fairy
To help with the holiday stitching, so I could be merry.
“Now purl one row, then knit two more!
Don’t forget to YO at the end of each row!”
To the top of the hat and matching mittens, does that look too small?
Too late now; knit away, knit away all!”
She spoke not a word, but when straight to her work,
And knit all the yarn that lurked.
Weaving in the ends as she goes,
She knit in a flash, taking with her all of my woes.
Her well-worked fingers gave a signal of approval
As she took her leave with her needles
I heard her exclaim:
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all good knittin’”
Sunday, December 17, 2006
And I know you won’t feel this post is complete until you see the sweatshirts. I took a picture of just one as they look the same:
That’s right I finished my Christmas sewing as well. All the adults are also going to get their gifts in fabric bags. I have been talking about doing this for years. It’s amazing how much wrapping paper one family can go though. This way they get an extra gift and it’s better for Mother Earth. I would have done the same for the boys, but all I had in my fabric stash was silk or pink flowery cotton. I think it's ok that I wrap a few presents in paper.
To prove that I have been a very busy girl lately I also finished knitting and sewing together secret project 1. I am currently swatching for secret project 2. It won’t be long now until I can knit for myself again, I can’t wait!
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
In other knitting news I am finish with the bulk of the endless stockinette stitch for the secret project. Want to see:
In non-knitting news I finally cut out the sweatshirts for my two adorable nephews. Who wouldn't want a sweatshirt in this print? Now I just need to get motivated to pull out the sewing machine and get going!
Monday, December 4, 2006
Saturday, December 2, 2006
So I cast on for my brother’s hat a few times. The black is just too dark to do cables on in my apartment, so I headed out today to Yarn Connection and picked up some Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in a denim blue. Very nice. I think my brother will look good in the blue and it should keep his head warm. I tried it on and it’s a little lose on me, but he is 6’6”, so his head is probably a little bigger than mine.
There has been no progress on the secret project. It’s still pink…
Thursday, November 30, 2006
So where to start. My current project is a secret project (and I need to borrow the camera from work, even though they don’t know it yet). It’s a felted project for an upcoming book published by Wiley, who also published my friends Heather’s book Not Your Mama’s Knitting, which means lots and lots of stockinette! The really upside…it’s pink. More to come on that later.
All that stockinette is making me bored. I am normally a monogamous knitter, but lately I have been dreaming of casting on something with cables. So I think I am going to start this from Knitty for my brother for Christmas:
Here it is from brooklyntweed in a more manly color:
I hope he will like it. I have some black yarn that is a little bulkier than the calmer that is suggested for it, so I think I am going to take out a couple of repeats. Fingers crossed he'll like it!